Arsenal Handed Bukayo Saka Injury Concern Ahead of Premier League Clash With Manchester City

Arsenal FC injury latest as the Gunners are handed fresh concern ahead of their Premier League clash with Manchester City.

Arsenal are still top of the table with Liverpool and Manchester City trailing them. There is a concern looming for the league leaders as they prepare for their upcoming clash at the Etihad Stadium.

Arsenal face another significant injury setback ahead of their clash with Manchester City after the international break, intensifying the competition in the Premier League title race where the top three teams are separated by only a single point.

Liverpool currently sit in second place, trailing Arsenal by goal difference, while City are just one point behind. However, Liverpool could reclaim the top spot after the international break as they host Brighton, setting the stage for Arsenal’s visit to the Etihad Stadium.

Gunners manager Mikel Arteta is already concerned about the fitness of defender Gabriel Magalhães, who withdrew from the Brazil squad for their upcoming matches against England and Spain.

Bukayo Saka Injury Update

Additionally, Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka will not participate in the Wembley match on Saturday after withdrawing from England duty. An official statement from the Football Association (FA) confirmed this development.

“Bukayo Saka has left the England camp and returned to his club for continued rehabilitation. The Arsenal forward reported to St. George’s Park with an injury and has been unable to participate in training.”

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Saka recently completed the full 120 minutes in Arsenal’s triumphant Champions League match against Porto, contributing a crucial goal during the shootout. With 37 appearances already this season, he has netted 16 times for Arteta’s squad.

Amid this, only five players in the Premier League have provided more assists. Arteta is keen to avoid a repeat of last season’s setbacks, particularly the loss of key players during the crucial stages. In March, William Saliba’s injury coincided with Arsenal’s perch atop the Premier League standings.

Subsequently, Saliba missed the final 11 matches, during which Arsenal secured only five victories, allowing Manchester City to clinch the title by a five-point margin.

Should Saka face a spell on the sidelines, Leandro Trossard emerges as the likely replacement, although Arteta remains hopeful for Saka’s fitness ahead of the clash at the Etihad.

Saka’s significance to Arsenal cannot be overstated; without him, the team’s threat diminishes considerably. Arteta is banking on Saka’s swift recovery, although the news provides a boost to Liverpool and other title contenders.

Liverpool have contended with numerous injuries lately but remains firmly in the title race. Arsenal’s ability to navigate potential absences for two key players will be closely observed.

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